The hot dog shop will close for its patrons and staff’s safety amidst the current COVID-19 surge.
On March 15, the iconic hot dog joint closed its doors for the first time in 80 years due to COVID-19 health and safety orders. After what seemed like forever, Pink’s is back serving Angelenos, their legendary dogs.
It reopened on August 12, allowing hungry Angelenos to head to this roadside landmark with unmissable lines and get their hands on the creatively topped offerings. From the celebrity-inspired dogs like the Martha Stewart Dog (a 9″ stretch dog with relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, and sour cream) to the Polish Pastrami Dog Swiss (a cheese dog covered with pastrami and mustard), the delicious combinations have been sorely missed by locals and tourists alike.
However, it announced that it would be closing for two months as of Monday morning, the 4th, to protect patrons and staff as case numbers continue to soar.
Upon reopening, familiar faces of staff that have been around for 10 years or more had returned, but things looked a little different. There was a list of changes made to ensure their customers’ safety. For starters, they hired an environmental firm to be deep clean the entire property. All open-air counter had plexiglass installed on them, all sinks and soap dispensers will be touchless, and all dining took place in their outdoor dining area with tables spaced 6 feet apart (prior to the outdoor dining ban, of course).
Battle of the generations here at Pinks! We have #TeamKEarth and #TeamKROQ blasting @billyjoel and @nodoubt! 🤟🤟🤟🤟🏻🤟🏼🤟🏽🤟🏾🤟🏿@garybryanshow @LisaKearth @TedStryker @StrykerAndKlein @kroq @kearth101 pic.twitter.com/LdyC40xAg0
— Pink’s Hot Dogs (@pinkshotdogs) August 12, 2020
Several new roles included a mask monitor, a sanitizer monitor, and someone handing out menus with social distancing picks. Sadly, late-night food runs never returned, and operating hours were between 11 am and 9 pm. Additionally, social distancing monitors kept the hungry fans in check—since the lines inevitably wrapped right around the block.
Line stretches all the way around the corner! pic.twitter.com/j7U8aliMJB
— Alex Biston (@AlexBistonTV) August 12, 2020
Online orders were supposed to be introduced to keep people from melting on the sidewalk, but that never fully materialized. Now, as the Covid numbers continue to surge, ownership has decided to keep paying staff and keep them safe. According to CBS-2, the furloughed employees will continue to be paid until unemployment insurance kicks in.
Location: 709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, United States
Featured Image: Pink’s Hollywood